So, this week I am behind. I was not on sure footing. I was going full steam ahead then I lost my footing somewhere. I believe it was at the end of week 4 trying to write my press release. I am still struggling with that. But I am determined press on and make this all work. I am playing catchup which is my old blueprint, it still haunts me.
I am loving the readings, but some of the work and focus is being pushed aside. One thing I noticed was this past week I did not write in my planner. There it is-if you fail to plan you plan to fail. I guess would be considered a “aha” moment.
I am continuing with Emerson. It is so insightful. Each time with Emerson I discover something new. This week’s discovery of Emerson is that we should live in there here and now. Understanding that actions and consequences are one and cannot be separated from one another. While consequences may not closely follow the action, it will eventually emerge. But we should not live in the future. Emerson stated in his essay on compensation that people live a good life in sorrow and misery in expectation that they will have their revenge on the sinner in the afterlife. That while sinner may have all the riches on earth the good will have all the riches when they meet the creator. Emerson argues that this is not case. The act of being good itself is the reward. The act feels good and the act is a ripple effect that will cause other good. With nature being always making compensations, the same can be said for bad acts. Bad acts will cause negative consequences. As soon as a bad deed is done nature has already set in motion the consequence for the bad deed. Reading Emerson solidifies for me that what we do will revise you.
I am beginning to see why we do the exercises we do in the Master key. Like Emerson argues we cannot say that I will get my reward later. We must take action and do the work now, because the reward is in the deed. Each week I finish a service and I feel proud of my accomplishment. That reinforces the habit because I experience the pleasure of the accomplishment and I want more of that feeling. This week did not feel so good. I did not accomplish some of the things I wanted too. So, I am putting in the work to replace bad habits with good ones so I can continue to experience the pleasure of accomplishment. As Mandino states, “Any act with practice becomes easy.”